Osteitis Pubis: Symptom and Causes


The most common symptoms of Osteitis Pubis are pain and tenderness; this pain can be sharp or dull. The onset of pain is usually gradual, and is most commonly located in the front and center of the pubic bone. However, the pain may radiate to the lower abdomen, groin, inner thigh, testicles or hips.
In less severe cases of osteitis pubis, patients may only experience an ache or stiffness in the groin that increases upon rest following activity.


Osteitis pubis is usually an overuse injury, which commonly occurs due to repetitive or prolonged activities placing strain on the pubic symphysis. Causes of osteitis pubis include:
  • Sports activities (soccer, hockey, and football are most common)
  • Pregnancy
  • Surgical procedures (gynecologic or abdominal)
  • Trauma/injury

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